The Resource "Gang of Four" congressional intelligence notifications, Alfred Cumming

"Gang of Four" congressional intelligence notifications, Alfred Cumming

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"Gang of Four" congressional intelligence notifications
Title
"Gang of Four" congressional intelligence notifications
Statement of responsibility
Alfred Cumming
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Language
eng
Summary
"'Gang of Four' intelligence notifications generally are oral briefings of certain particularly sensitive non-covert action intelligence activities, including principally, but not exclusively, intelligence collection programs, that the Intelligence Community typically limits to the chairmen and ranking members of the two congressional intelligence committees, and at times, but not always, to their respective staff directors. Gang of Four notifications are not based in statute but have constituted a practice generally accepted by the leadership of the intelligence committees and that is employed when the Intelligence Community believes a particular intelligence activity to be of such sensitivity that a restricted notification is warranted in order to reduce the risk of disclosure, inadvertent or otherwise. Intelligence activities viewed as being less sensitive typically are briefed to the full membership of each committee. In either case -- whether a given briefing about a non-covert action intelligence activities is limited to the Gang of Four, or provided to the full membership of the intelligence committees -- the current statute conditions the provision of any such information on the need to protect from unauthorized disclosure classified information relating to sensitive intelligence sources and methods or other exceptionally sensitive matters. Congress has said that its intent in this regard is that in extremely rare circumstances a need to preserve essential secrecy may result in a decision not to impart certain sensitive aspects of operations or collection programs to the intelligence oversight committees in order to protect extremely sensitive intelligence sources and methods. With regard to the phrase 'other exceptionally sensitive matters' Congress has said its intent in using this phrase is to refer to other extremely sensitive categories of classified information such as information concerning the operational details of military deployment and extraordinarily sensitive diplomatic contacts, which the intelligence committees do not routinely require to satisfy their responsibilities. This report reviews the history of Gang of Four notification process and compares this procedure with that of the 'Gang of Eight' notification procedure. The 'Gang of Eight' procedure is statutorily based and provides that the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the intelligence committee, along with the Speaker and minority leader of the House, and Senate majority and minority leaders -- rather than the full membership of the intelligence committees -- are to receive prior notice of particularly sensitive covert action programs, if the President determines that limited access to such programs is essential to meet extraordinary circumstances affecting vital U.S. interests. Although the FY2010 Intelligence Authorization bills approved by the two congressional intelligence committees address Gang of Eight covert action notifications, neither of the two bills reference Gang of Four notifications. Congress has not acted on the FY2010 Intelligence."
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SNM
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Cumming, Alfred
Government publication
federal national government publication
Index
no index present
LC call number
JK468.I6
LC item number
C86 3009eb online
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Library of Congress
Series statement
CRS report for Congress
Series volume
R40698
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  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Intelligence service
  • Intelligence service
  • Official secrets
  • Legislative oversight
  • Government information
  • Government information
  • Intelligence service
  • Intelligence service
  • Legislative oversight
  • Official secrets
  • United States
Label
"Gang of Four" congressional intelligence notifications, Alfred Cumming
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Publication
Note
  • Title from PDF cover (Federation of American Scientists, viewed July 9, 2010)
  • "July 14, 2009."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
1 online resource (11 pages).
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Hein Online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)426057541
  • (OCoLC)ocn426057541
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader
Label
"Gang of Four" congressional intelligence notifications, Alfred Cumming
Publication
Note
  • Title from PDF cover (Federation of American Scientists, viewed July 9, 2010)
  • "July 14, 2009."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
1 online resource (11 pages).
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Hein Online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)426057541
  • (OCoLC)ocn426057541
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader

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